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Antonín Dvořák »Symphony No. 9 e minor op. 95 (From the New World)« | Antonín Dvořák »Karneval A major op. 92 (Concert Overture)«
1 CD | 72min | Nr. 93.251
CD 1: » Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 e minor op. 95 (From the New World)
» Antonín Dvořák: Karneval A major op. 92 (Concert Overture)

Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony, better known as the New World Symphony, is one of the most popular works not only in his oeuvre but also in the whole of the classical music repertoire. At the end of 1892 Dvorák arrived in New York, where he assumed the post of director of the National Conservatory and also was to have time enough to compose. The New World Symphony was the first work that he wrote in America. He gathered musical ideas for it over a number of months and began writing down the first version of the score in January 1893. In May the composition was finished, and its premiere was a sensational success. Is the New World Symphony really American in its idiom? Or is its language not rather Bohemian with a slight American accent or even simply “Dvorákian”?

Whatever the case, here Roger Norrington and his Stuttgart Orchestra adhere to their proven performance method, by which even grand symphonic works are presented without vibrato. The rationale behind this is that vibrato gained the upper hand during the course of the twentieth century but remained unknown throughout the nineteenth century. Roger Norrington thus practices historically informed performance with a modern symphony orchestra. During recent years the result has come to be known as the “Stuttgart Sound” and has made many friends.

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